Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Reviews 2023. Greenworks lawn edger

Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Reviews 2023

Even if you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger on an electric lawn mower, cordless string trimmers are a much easier jump for most homeowners to make. Even Pro lawn care crews have legitimate options to replace gas models. What’s the best battery-powered string trimmer for your needs? We got our team together to determine top picks for a range of priorities.

Want to see our top overall string trimmer picks, including gas models? Check out this article!

Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Overall

EGO PowerLoad String Trimmer with Line IQ ST1623T

EGO started back in the day with surprisingly strong performance for a cordless string trimmer and eye-opening vibration control. Since then, it’s only gotten better as battery and motor technology have improved. Add to that, EGO’s PowerLoad feature makes line changes the easiest to load we’ve ever used—just thread your line to the middle and press a button.

As for the latest advancement, Line IQ automatic line feeding keeps a 16-inch cutting swath without having to bump the head. It sets the bar very high for any other brand hoping to compete for the title of the best battery-powered string trimmer.

Price: Price: 219.00 bare, 299.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and charger

Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Power

Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Carbon Fiber Shaft String Trimmer RY402110VNM

In case you haven’t noticed, Ryobi has been absolutely unleashed in the lawn care department. The 40V HP Brushless lineup has been impressive, taking the Home Depot-exclusive brand to a whole new level in OPE. For the latest flagship string trimmer, that means impressive cutting power.

The combination of advanced battery and brushless motor tech lets you use line up to 0.105-inch with a 17-inch cutting swath. It’s fantastic when you’re reclaiming overgrown areas or simply have a lot of lawn to maintain. It gets even better, though, because this model is also part of the Whisper Series, boasting 60% quieter operation than a comparable gas model thanks to specifically focusing on the pitch of the sound.

Price: 279.00 bare, 329.00 with 6.0Ah battery and Rapid charger

Best Lightweight Battery-Powered String Trimmer

Husqvarna 520iLX Battery-Powered String Trimmer

When we’re talking about the best all-day, everyday professional string trimmer for crews who prefer light weight models, we love Husqvarna’s 520iLX. What helps it rise above others is its combination of lighter weight, extremely low vibration, and thoughtful feature set in conjunction with excellent performance—all with a sub-10-pound operating weight. Other professional brands hit several of the same elements, but none of them put them together as completely as Husqvarna.

Best Attachment-Capable Battery-Powered String Trimmer

STIHL Battery-Powered Kombi System KMA 135 R

When we tested cordless attachment systems, none of them had the overall performance that Sithl’s 36V KombiSystem did. It was the closest one to using a gas powerhead. Now the performance is even better with the KMA 135 R powerhead.

Even though STIHL doesn’t use a universal attachment mechanism, the brand’s list of available attachments is deeper than we’ve seen from any other. Plus, STIHL’s extensive dealer and service network is there to support you after the sale.

Best Cordless Handlebar String Trimmer

Greenworks Commercial 82V Bike Handle String Trimmer

Bike handle string trimmers are the way to go for trimming large areas or long fencelines. Their harnesses shift the weight off of your arms and lower back while offering a stable platform to maneuver.

Of the battery-powered options on the table, the Greenworks Commerical 82V bike handle string trimmer is our top choice. Boasting higher power levels than 36cc gas models, its 5700 RPM top speed and 18-inch cutting swath clear overgrowth in a hurry.

A 4.0Ah battery powers the brushless motor for up to 45 minutes and Greenworks’ Rapid charger gets it back in the game in just 30 minutes. With a pair of batteries at your disposal, you can charge one while using the other and only have to stop long enough to swap them.

Best Budget Battery-Powered String Trimmer

SKIL 40V PWRCore Brushless String Trimmer LT4818-10

If you’re on a budget, there are still quality string trimmers to choose from. There are plenty of good high-voltage ones under the 200 mark and several 18V/20V max models to choose from under 150. But what if you want the performance of a voltage boost but 200 is still too high?

That’s where the Skil PWRCore 40 Brushless String Trimmer steps in. This brushless battery-powered trimmer fills a need for a capable weed eater that doesn’t go overboard on weight or price. With more power than 18V/20V models, it’s a good fit for budget-minded individuals. It also carries a 5-year limited warranty.

Price: 159.00 with 2.5Ah battery and charger

Best Line for Battery-Powered String Trimmers

Echo Black Diamond 0.095-Inch Trimmer Line

Echo Black Diamond trimmer line is denser than others and has sharper cutting edges in its design. For battery-powered string trimmers, you can use Black Diamond 0.095-inch line that cuts like it’s thicker without killing your runtime. There’s some reduction because of the increase in mass, but not as much as when it combines with the increased air resistance of thicker lines. It’s the line we prefer on our gas trimmers and with cordless models being as capable as they are today, we’re able to on those as well.

Best Battery-Powered String Trimmers: Recommendations From Brands We Trust

Best DeWALT Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 60V Max DCST972

DeWALT sports an impressive 17-inch cutting swath on its latest 60V Max brushless string trimmer. It’s a 2-speed attachment-capable trimmer using a universal connection system, opening up more options beyond DeWALT attachments. With 5800 RPM on the top end (4650 in low), there’s plenty of speed and you can swap out the 0.080-inch line that comes pre-spooled with 0.095-inch.

It’s a little beefier than some models with the 3.0Ah 60V battery pushing the total weight over 11 pounds. The trigger grip section is also a bit thicker than most, so you might not care for it if you have smaller hands. On the plus side, there are three points for the attachment detent to lock into, making it simple to convert the trimmer head into a string edger.

Price: 259.00 bare tool, 329.00 with 3.0Ah battery and charger

Best Echo Cordless String Trimmer: 56V eForce X Series 2600 Series

Our top choice for Echo is a bit different than other brands in that we’re recommending a series built on the same foundation. The DSRM-2600 has the top performance with three speeds and a brushless motor that tops out at 5700 RPM. Add in a 17-inch cutting swath and you get a cordless fast grass-clearing machine that has plenty of confidence.

This model comes in a few forms, starting with a standard string trimmer(DSRM-2600) and a bike handle version (DSRM-2600U). There’s also an attachment-capable model (DPAS-2600) if that’s the route you prefer.

Best Greenworks Battery-Powered String Trimmer: to 60V ST60L254

Greenworks’ Pro 60V line has a few options and we like the ST60L04 as the best overall balance of performance and price for trimming. It’s a smooth-operating trimmer with an easy-loading Load N’ Go head that uses 0.095-inch line and runs for more than half an hour on its 2.5Ah battery.

Price: 199.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger

Best HART Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 40V HLST051VNM

HART stepped up big time and has a brushless 15-inch carbon fiber shaft model for its 40V Supercharge line. It’s another attachment-capable option using a universal connection and is capable of whipping 0.095-inch line with performance that tops what a 25cc gas model can do. Thanks to its carbon fiber shaft, the weight comes down a bit without sacrificing the strength you need for the job.

Price: 237.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and Rapid charger

Best Makita Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 40V max XGT GRU03

We realize not everyone is in a place to jump onto Makita’s ConnectX system. If you want high performance with wider OPE and power tool compatibility, give the 40V max XGT GRU03 a look. It has three speeds and tops out at a blistering 7000 RPM. Plus, the trimmer’s 30cc gas equivalent performance has a 17-inch cutting swath and is suitable for use with a brush cutter blade, making this the most capable string trimmer in the line.

Price: 299.00 bare, 399.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and Rapid charger

Best Milwaukee Battery-Powered String Trimmer: M18 Brushless 2828

Milwaukee’s M18 Brushless String Trimmer sites alongside the M18 Fuel Quik-Lok attachment system as your two choices from Team Red. Both are solid choices and it’s the dedicated brushless string trimmer that earns our top recommendation.

Though not part of the M18 Fuel system, it is brushless and compatible with all of Milwaukee’s M18 batteries. This 2-speed model features a 14 – 16-inch cutting swath that cut very confidently in our tests. What sends it over the top is the value proposition. It’s under 200 as a kit and it comes with a 6.0Ah High Output battery that retails for 179 if you bought it by itself. If you’re a fan of Milwaukee tools, this is a great entry into its OPE line.

Price: 179.00 bare, 199.00 with a 6.0Ah High Output battery and charger

Best Ridgid Cordless String Trimmer: 18V Brushless R1201

Ridgid fans don’t have to consider a separate battery system to join the cordless lawn care craze anymore. Fully compatible with Ridgid 18V power tool batteries, there’s a nice range to get started with.

The string trimmer is on the smaller side, featuring a 12 – 14-inch cutting swath but still capable of using 0.095-inch line. It’s also on the lighter side, weighing less than 10 pounds with a 4.0Ah battery.

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Price: 189.00 bare, 249.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and charger

Best STIHL Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 36V FSA 135 R

STIHL was already doing a great job in the professional battery-powered lawn care department, but the 135 line takes it a step further with even better performance and durability. Comparable to the power the FS 91 offers, it’s matching up with one of STIHL’s workhorse gas models. The trimmer works best with 0.095-inch line and has a 16.5-inch cutting swath. It also comes in both standard and bike handle models, giving you a great option for clearing large areas.

Best Toro Cordless String Trimmer: 60V Flex Force 51830

Toro’s 60V 51830 is the top performer for the Flex Force line. Its brushless motor offers an excellent 16-inch cutting swath and a well-balanced design. While it doesn’t have some of the cutting-edge features that some of the other models do, we don’t have any complaints. It’s an excellent all-around option that keeps its price reasonable.

Price: 149.99 bare, 219.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger

Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Buying Guide: What We Look For

Cutting Power

Three primary factors go into cutting power: line speed, line thickness/mass, and motor torque.

The faster the line whips around, the better the tips cut grass. Most battery-powered string trimmers are fine in this category. As long as you’re getting at least 5000 RPM, you should be in good shape. The top models are capable of hitting 6500 RPM and there is a significant difference in how fast you can complete your trimming duties at higher rotational speeds.

Shifting the FOCUS to the line thickness, the higher the line mass, the more force it’s able to cut through thicker grass with. It’s like the difference between getting hit by a 175-pound safety and a 225-pound linebacker at the same speed. mass equals more cutting power.

Most cordless string trimmers take 0.080-inch line at a minimum. We recommend 0.095-inch for the best all-around performance. If you have tougher grass or deal with overgrowth frequently, a string trimmer with 0.105-inch line lets you power through even better. Just keep in mind that line diameter has a direct effect on runtime—thicker line takes more power to run.

Finally, a motor with higher torque helps the trimmer resist slowing down as the going gets tougher. Even though trimming grass seems like a low-demand task, grass does push back against the line, causing it to bend back and eventually start to bog the motor. Higher torque holds keeps the head spinning better in tough cutting situations, even when its highest RPMs are lower than low-torque gearing.

Cutting Swath

Having a large cutting swath helps you clear large areas faster or gives you a more generous border for your mower. You need more power to run wider, though, and runtime is always a consideration. That said, in the past couple of years, we’ve seen the technology come together to give us solid options. Look for a 15-inch cutting diameter for most situations. Recent 16- and 17-inch models are a great choice when you have larger areas to cut.


The average homeowner on a 1/4-acre lot only needs about 15 minutes of consistent trigger time to cover trimming. Most cordless string trimmers are able to hit that at high speed without too much trouble.

Professional lawn care crews need much more, though. So do homeowners with large properties and farm/ranch acreage.

If your runtime needs are greater, look for a string trimmer that balances the efficiency of a brushless motor, uses 0.095-inch line, and possibly comes with a higher-capacity battery. Of course, you can always carry multiple batteries.

Also, consider learning how to trim at low speed when the grass isn’t as thick. Even though you have to slow down a bit, you’ll cut a significantly larger area.


We highly value low-vibration string trimmers. We already have enough work to do managing the weight of such a long tool without vibration adding additional fatigue. The harmonics in some of today’s models are so good that hardly any vibration makes it up the handle… and they are a joy to use!

Weight and Balance

If you’re working all day on a lawn crew or even just putting the finishing touches on your own lawn, you want the lightest weight you can get without sacrificing the power you need. Bare weight isn’t everything—the battery can add a lot. If you can get a fully-loaded battery-powered string trimmer that meets your performance needs and comes in under 10 pounds, that’s a big win.

Balance is a consideration and the trimmers that have the best typically mount the motor on the trimmer head to counter the battery weight on the back. Many models also let you adjust the front handle to help dial in your fit.

If you’re after an attachment-capable model, you’re stuck with the motor in the back, and the balance shifts back. For those trimmers that are simply heavier by nature, consider adding a shoulder strap to help you out.

Sound Level

Low noise is one of the major benefits of moving away from gas power. Cordless string trimmers we’ve tested range from decibels in the low 80s to the upper 90s (measured at our operator’s ear). Even at the top end, it’s an improvement over the majority of gas trimmers.

Your line selection plays a bigger part than it does on gas trimmers. Sometimes, switching the line you use can reduce the overall noise level or change the tone to a less irritating pitch.

Line Changes

When you have to change the line, it can be an easy or frustrating process. Manual loading is largely a thing of the past, though some trimmers still have manual heads. To make the process easier, look for models that have some type of fast-loading system (SpeedFeed, Rapid Load, etc). With these, you thread the line through the head to the middle, turn the head to load it, and go get on with the work.

Regardless of what comes on the trimmer, you can upgrade most to a quick-load head.

The best on the market right now is EGO’s PowerLoad design. It takes the fast-load concept and adds automatic winding and gives us the easiest, quickest line changes we’ve ever had.

Attachment Capability

Pro lawn crews typically have dedicated machines for string trimming, edging, and hedge trimming, but homeowners can save a lot of money by using interchangeable heads and tools that cover everything from blowing to brush cutting.

As we mentioned earlier, attachment systems require a top-mounted motor that affects the balance. It’s a trade-off you have to make for the convenience you gain.

One thing to keep an eye on is the attachment connection style. Models with a “universal” connection can use attachments from other brands, opening up far more choices. Recent multi-head systems including EGO, Milwaukee, and STIHL aren’t compatible with others, so you need to make sure they have everything you need before investing.

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Buying guide for best greenworks edgers

A nice, clean edge finishes a lawn to perfection, keeping paved areas and drives neat and tidy and showing your borders at their best. For many years, edging was a time-consuming manual task with a half-moon tool. Big, gas-powered edgers did exist, but they weren’t practical — or affordable — for most. However, with today’s powered edgers and string trimmer edgers, the job is no longer a chore.

Electric edgers have brought these power tools within most people’s budgets, and they are arguably the most efficient and cost effective of this type of garden equipment. The Greenworks range in particular has proved popular for both its quality and variety.

We’ve been assessing these impressive tools in more detail, looking features that are designed to make your life easier at a very reasonable cost. In the following buyers guide we discuss all the things you’ll want to consider when making your choice.

When choosing a cordless tool, remember that a brushless motor makes far more efficient use of battery power than a brush motor.

Key considerations


If you’re buying a powered lawn edger, the question of whether to opt for gas or electric will usually crop up. Gas-powered machinery still offers optimum performance, but for most people electric tools provide more than enough power, and they’re easier to use and maintain. Your decision then is between corded and cordless.

Corded: These edgers are invariably cheaper than their cordless counterparts. In modest yards, they provide an effective and economical solution. Their big drawback is the need for an extension cord. These are not only frustrating to use at times, but they can also restrict your effective range to 100 feet, the maximum safe recommended length.

Cordless: In a large garden, you probably need the freedom offered by a cordless edger. While in the past these have been criticized for a lack of power and the need for frequent recharging, it’s an area that has improved in recent years. Corded edgers still have the advantage in terms of consistent performance, but top cordless models are now very competitive.

Edger vs. string trimmer

Edger: If you’re creating new edges alongside hard surfaces, or edging flower borders and vegetable plots, a dedicated lawn edger with a sharp, solid blade is more powerful and will give you a more well-defined and cleaner cut. The adjustable depth feature on the Greenworks model is particularly useful.

String trimmer: A string trimmer is more versatile than an edger. It can help you maintain and tidy up existing borders, and it doubles as a weed remover in other parts of the garden. If you have driveways or paths that are higher than the surface of your lawn, a dedicated edger may not be practical, whereas a string trimmer’s horizontal cutting action can make the job a breeze.



If you’re choosing a cordless edger/string trimmer, you have a choice of a brush or brushless motor. The former is cheaper, but brushless motors make more efficient use of battery power, and that would be the option we recommend.


The batteries supplied as standard with these cordless tools are 2 ampere hours (Ah). It’s important that you buy the right voltage to go with the motor (24 volt or 40 volt), but a larger Ah capacity means more consistent performance for longer. If you consider buying a spare battery so you don’t have to stop working when recharging, 4 Ah and 5 Ah alternatives are available.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that Greenworks Max batteries are compatible with a wide variety of the company’s garden equipment. Once you’ve invested in one, you can see considerable savings on other devices by buying bare tools.

Line feed

There are two types of line feed generally available: bump feed and auto feed.

Bump feed: This is operated by the user “bumping” the head of the string trimmer on the ground. This activates a button and spring mechanism, which then feeds a set length of new line.

Auto feed: Auto line feed doesn’t require any action on the part of the user. The spool automatically senses when new line is required. The latter has received some criticism from owners, though it’s not a common complaint.


Spools can be single or dual line; in other words, there’s one piece of line or two doing the cutting. Given that the second type has double the cutting edges for the same rotation speed, it will cut faster and perform better in thicker grass and weeds.

When the spool runs out, you have the option of either replacing the whole unit or buying line separately and winding it yourself. The latter takes a little more effort, but it can usually save you money.

Other features

Length: The main stem of the string trimmer/edger is usually adjustable for length, enabling you to adjust it for comfort.

Cord lock: This prevents the plug from being pulled out accidentally, something that can be surprisingly annoying!

Hoop guide: A wire hoop guide is fitted to the front of most string trimmers. The line is usually rotating too fast for you to see, so this gives you a clear indication of how far you’re cutting. It helps you avoid slicing through valued plants or stripping the paint off fences.

Greenworks edger prices

Inexpensive: The 5.5-amp, 15-inch corded string trimmer/edger is just under 40, not a lot for such a capable tool.

Mid-range: The Greenworks 12-amp edger, at close to 60, offers good value for a dedicated tool. Although you might expect the edger attachment to be less, it’s actually almost 20 more.

Expensive: The most powerful Greenworks cordless string trimmer/edger is the 40-volt model at 120, which includes a 2.0 Ah battery and charger. As a bare tool it’s around 55, a great deal if you already have a compatible Greenworks Max tool.

Extension cord: If you need a heavy-duty extension cord, a good-quality one costs around 25.

When using an extension cord, always plug it into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). It will cut the electricity supply in the event of a short circuit or other problem, and it could save you from what might be a fatal shock.

Other products we considered

With a number of similar-looking garden tools available, you might ask whether a standard string trimmer is good enough for the task, and we did look at a couple of alternatives at both ends of the price range. The 13-inch Greenworks 21212 Corded String Trimmer is a perfectly capable tool for the small garden, it weighs only 7 pounds, and it’s one of the cheapest high-quality string trimmers on the market.

At the other end of the spectrum is the immensely powerful 16-inch Greenworks PRO ST80L210 Cordless String Trimmer. It’s a feature-packed, fast-charging, high-performance tool that we think will satisfy the most demanding user. So why didn’t either of these make our recommended list? They both have fixed heads. They’re great for trimming — and if you have hard surfaces above your lawn, they’ll do a superb job of tidying the edges — but when it comes to vertical cutting, they’re just not practical, no matter how cheap or powerful.

Buying a bare tool can look like a bargain, but you need to be aware that you don’t get a battery or charger. If you don’t already own compatible versions, these will add a substantial amount to the final price.


Q. Do lawn edgers need much maintenance? A. One of the big advantages of an electric edger over a gas-powered model is the low maintenance requirements. Pretty much all you need to do is check the cord for damage, make sure nuts and bolts are done up properly, and give it a good clean after use. At the start of the season, you might want to replace the line with a new spool. The line can go brittle over winter.

Q. Does the line in my string trimmer make a difference? A. It can. Most are supplied with basic round line (largely because it’s the most economical), which does come in for some criticism from users. Square line is more aggressive, but it requires more care so as not to cause accidental damage. There are multisided and twisted versions that are claimed to cut more cleanly and deliver heavy-duty performance, but they have been known to break more often. These alternatives are also more expensive. Thicker line will handle more difficult tasks, but you’ll need to consult your owner’s manual for the maximum appropriate for your tool.

Q. Isn’t a manual lawn edger a more environmentally friendly alternative?A. It is, though it’s still the product of a manufacturing process, which has some impact. It could also be argued that it would be better for you. It will probably keep you fitter than using a powered device! If you have the time to spare, or you have particularly complex or small borders, a manual edger is worth considering. However, many of the best cost as much as a Greenworks powered alternative.

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By Andréana Lefton and Timothy Dale and Mark Wolfe | Updated Apr 19, 2023 1:22 PM

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Whether your yard is large or small, minimally landscaped or filled with flower beds, one of the easiest ways to tame unruly edges and to keep it looking manicured is to invest in a reliable lawn edger.

Similar to how a picture frame enhances artwork, an evenly trimmed yard perimeter elevates the overall appearance of a lawn. Crisp edges signify a well-tended property, especially along driveways, sidewalks, garden beds, and walkways.

Simplify your search by identifying your property’s needs with the shopping guide and our field-tested reviews of several popular lawn edgers on our own curbs, landscape beds, and driveway edges. Preview our roundup of some of the best lawn edger tools available below and keep reading for performance details later on.

  • BEST OVERALL:BlackDecker 2-in-1 String Trimmer / Edger
  • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Bully Tools 92251 Round Lawn Edger
  • BEST GAS-POWERED:McLane 101-5.5GT-7 Gas Powered Lawn Edger
  • BEST LIGHTWEIGHT:Greenworks Pro 80V 8-Inch Brushless Edger
  • BEST FOR SMALL YARDS:Greenworks 12-Amp Electric Corded Edger
  • BEST FOR LARGE YARDS:Worx WG896 12-Amp 7.5-Inch Electric Lawn Edger
  • BEST COMBO KIT:Echo PAS Trimmer and Edger Kit
  • ALSO CONSIDER:Earthquake 23275 Walk-Behind Lawn Edger

How We Tested the Best Lawn Edgers

We wanted to run these tools through real-world scenarios such as basic grass edge maintenance, trenching along hard edges, and digging into new ground as would be needed for bed line definition. The test yard offered a good mix with a driveway edge that only needed maintenance, a curbline with an overgrown edge, and several landscape beds with edges that varied from moderately well defined to poorly defined.

To make our list, the edgers had to function well in every location based on the ways they are marketed. For instance, plug-in electric edgers are designed for maintaining existing edges in small landscapes and are not expected to be used for digging into unbroken soil for extended periods. On the other hand, gas-powered walk-behind models are intended for both detailed trim work and clean, powerful groundbreaking during long hours of work.

Our Top Picks

The top choices below were selected based on the overall quality and product efficacy with significant attention paid to the important product factors mentioned above to help find some of the best lawn edgers to keep gardens neatly maintained. In order to make the cut, each tool successfully navigated our hands-on edger testing criteria that included curb, driveway, and natural landscape bed edges. Check out the product descriptions for performance details.

BlackDecker 2-in-1 String Trimmer / Edger

The plug-and-go Black Decker serves not only as an edger but also as a trench digger. With a 12-amp electric engine that produces no emissions, this tool is useful for installing outdoor lighting, fencing, or when planting bushes and trees. The edger can be set to one of three possible cutting depths, with a maximum depth of 3.75 inches.

As an added safety feature, this trimmer-edger includes a built-in cord retention system that keeps the extension cord in place to prevent users from tripping over it. The edger weighs 12.4 pounds, and it has an edging guide that helps to make clean cuts around hard surfaces like patios, walkways, and driveways.

We liked the way the Black Decker edger tracked around tight landscape bed curves and straightaways along paved edges. It easily sliced through foliage and tough surface roots for a clean edge, but was a bit undersized for digging into clay for bed edge renovation.

  • Lightweight construction is easy to maneuver and lift
  • Powerful electric motor can take on thin and thick grass and plant varieties
  • Adjustable handle height accommodates multiple user heights
  • Limited range due to corded motor; may not be ideal for large-scale tasks
  • Not as good at creating edges; best for maintenance
  • No guard over the blade assembly; may not be as safe as comparable options

Get the BlackDecker trimmer-edger on Amazon.

Bully Tools 92251 Round Lawn Edger

Instead of investing in a heavy-duty lawn edger, those with small yards may be better off with this inexpensive manual lawn edger. While it will take a little more physical effort to drive the thick 12-gauge steel blade into the turf, users won’t need to worry about gas, batteries, or extension cords, making it easier to quickly and efficiently edge a small yard.

The spade lawn edger weighs just under 4 pounds, and it extends out to a length of about 38 inches. It features a T-style handle for better control and to help distribute the force evenly across the bottom of the blade. The entire edger is made of thick steel, and the handles are covered with padded grips to help prevent the tool from slipping while in use.

We like the simplicity of this classic half-moon style manual edger. The tool excels at trenching and defining natural landscape bed edges. It is not the fastest or best tool for maintaining crisp grass edges along pavement, but it would pair nicely with one of the fast electric edgers for a complete package.

  • Compact size is easy to store in a garage or shed
  • Useful for both creating and maintaining crisp edges
  • Does not require a power or fuel source; operates manually
  • Built to last indefinitely; no additional tools need to be purchased
  • Slower than a power edger; manual operation only
  • Blunt edge should be sharpened for a cleaner edge
  • Some users may prefer a longer handle

Get the Bully Tools edger at The Home Depot or Lowe’s.

McLane 101-5.5GT-7 Gas Powered Lawn Edger

The McLane Lawn Edger draws considerable power from the 127-cc gas engine with a maximum power output of 3.5 HP. However, the powerful gas engine does increase the weight of the tool to about 66 pounds, which may quickly wear out some users. To help manage the weight of the machine, the manufacturer includes four 7-inch wheels to balance and support the gas-powered lawn edger.

This edger has handlebars extending up from the frame to two padded handles, allowing the user to push and maneuver the edger like they would a lawn mower. The flat rectangular cutting blade can reach a depth of 4.5 inches as an edging tool, but it can also be set up to cut horizontally as a trimmer, taking care of more than one yard maintenance task with a single tool.

The McLane lawn edger was by far the most powerful and adjustable edger we tested. It tracked well along pavement, articulated around curved bed lines, and cut through heavy clay soil to renovate old bed edges. For those with lots of edging to maintain, this tool can do it all.

  • Fast blade speed with high torque; suitable for thin and thick grass and plant varieties
  • Compact frame for easy storage in a shed or garage space
  • Easy to start the engine
  • Adjustable working height and blade angle
  • Heavyweight construction may be harder to maneuver compared to similar models
  • Bulkier and louder than electric edgers
  • Some assembly required; may require more than one set of hands

Get the McLane edger on Amazon.

Greenworks Pro 80V 8-Inch Brushless Edger

Weighing just 12.1 pounds, this lightweight battery-powered lawn edger is easy to carry, maneuver, and control with an adjustable auxiliary handle that can be moved up or down the shaft of the tool to better suit the specific user. It also has a trigger lock to help prevent the edger from accidentally starting up. The 8-inch flat rectangular cutting blade is suitable for most edging tasks, with a maximum cutting depth of 4 inches.

This cordless Greenworks lawn edger operates on the included 80-volt lithium-ion battery and can last for up to 60 minutes before it needs to be recharged. It doesn’t come with a spare battery, but it does include a charger and an onboard battery life indicator, so users can keep an eye on the remaining battery life.

We were impressed with the gas-like power that the 80-volt Greenworks battery provides. The lithium-ion battery inflates the overall price, but for those who wish to cut the cord and remain emission-free, this tool can be paired with others in the Greenworks 80-volt lineup for an excellent solution.

  • Type: Handheld
  • Power Source: Rechargeable 80-volt lithium-ion battery
  • Weight: 12.1 pounds
  • Powerful operation can take on heavy-duty cutting tasks
  • Provides excellent mobility without gasoline
  • Clean operation and quiet compared to gas-powered models
  • Handle lacks adjustability for users of different heights
  • Battery may not be enough for large yards
  • Expect costly battery replacement in 4 to 7 years

Get the Greenworks brushless edger on Amazon or at Best Buy.

Greenworks 12 Amp Electric Corded Edger

This corded electric lawn edger is a great choice for small yards and it features a 12-amp engine and an extension cord with a cord-lock feature that prevents accidental unplugging. It weighs about 18 pounds, but a portion of this weight is supported by a pair of back wheels and a single guide wheel that can be adjusted in height to change the depth of the cut.

The 7.5-inch star-shaped steel blade of the Greenworks lawn edger is capable of cutting grass cleanly and smoothly to a maximum depth of 3.75 inches. Users can also adjust the length of the shaft so that it better suits their height. When the lawn edger is properly adjusted and the user is ready to go, just push in the trigger lock switch to unlock the trigger and get to work.

We found this corded electric edger to be a rock-solid performer at a bargain price. Like the other corded electric models we tested, this Greenworks unit performed best in a maintenance setting but lacked power and size for trenching unbroken soil. It is lightweight and articulate, and an excellent choice for smaller yards.

  • Adjustable edging/trenching depths depending on the task at hand
  • Adjustable handle height can accommodate the heights of most users
  • Aggressive star-shaped blade can cut thick and thin plant and grass types
  • No edge guide makes it somewhat difficult to get started
  • Height adjustment is somewhat awkward
  • Best for edging pavement, not as effective for landscape beds

Get the Greenworks corded edger on Amazon or Lowe’s.

Worx WG896 12 Amp 7.5-Inch Electric Lawn Edger

Connect the 12-amp corded electric lawn edger using an extension cord to edge the entire yard without having to worry about running out of battery or needing to refuel. The only limit to the range of the edger is the length of the extension cord, and this product even offers two bundled options that each come with a 100-foot extension cord.

This edger has star-shaped cutting blades that can slice through sod, dirt, and roots at three different cutting depths to a maximum of 3.75 inches. It weighs only 14 pounds, and it has two wheels at the back of the tool for better balance, as well as a single wheel at the front of the tool for better control. The electric edger also has an adjustable auxiliary handle that is optimized to suit the specific needs of the user.

This Worx corded electric lawn edger weighs less than just about any of the other corded electric models we tested. Unlike those others, it trenched beds fairly well for landscape bed renovation, but it probably should not be used extensively for new bed construction. The handle and controls felt comfortable for extended use.

  • Maximum depth setting works well for maintaining landscape bed edges
  • Adjustable shaft height can accommodate multiple user heights; prevents strain
  • Lightweight but powerful construction can be maneuvered easily
  • Best for maintenance; not great for creating a new edge
  • The molded edge guard may interfere with uneven grass above the curbline
  • May need to order replacement blades from the manufacturer

Get the Worx lawn edger on Amazon or at Lowe’s.

Echo PAS Trimmer and Edger Kit

The 21.2-cc Echo PAS225 power head drives more than a dozen different lawn care tool attachments to keep a yard looking great without filling the garage with extra gas engines. This kit includes the power head, a curved shaft edger with a 9-inch square tipped blade, and a straight shaft string trimmer with a Speed Feed head that holds up to 17 feet of.095 string line. Along with a lawn mower and leaf blower, this may be all that’s needed to maintain a great-looking lawn. Available add-on attachments include hedge shear, pole saw, brush cutter, cultivator, bed redefiner, sweeper, and rock sweeper.

The tool attachments swap out quickly and easily, with just a spring pin and tension screw handle. The edger features a clog-resistant open-faced metal safety shield that works easily around uneven soil and taller grass. It penetrates deeply for trenching and bed edge renovation and trims crisp, clean edges along the pavement. The adjustable curb wheel allows users to customize the fit for maximum comfort. When not in use, the included S-hook hanger helps keep attachments organized.

We appreciated the versatility of the Echo PAS system. Both the edger and the string trimmer worked smoothly and efficiently, and the powerhead delivered nearly professional-level performance. The 9-inch edger blade had no difficulty penetrating clay soil while trenching for bed renovation. The combination of power, versatility, and moderate weight make this a broadly useful pick for maintaining small or large landscapes.

  • Multi-attachment power head saves on storage space and engine maintenance
  • Quick and easy attachment changes depending upon the task at hand
  • Powerful edger trenches cuts clean and deep
  • Starts easily; requires 30 percent less effort to start than comparable options
  • Heavy for extended use, shoulder harness not included
  • Requires mixed 2-cycle oil and gas
  • Somewhat loud; may not be ideal for use at night

Get the Echo trimmer and edger kit on Acme Tools.

Earthquake 23275 Walk-Behind Lawn Edger

Whether building new landscape beds or maintaining curb edges, the Earthquake Walk-Behind Lawn Edger gets it done with less effort. This walk-behind edger is powered by a 79-cc 4-cycle gasoline engine that does not require mixed fuel. It rolls along easily on four wheels while the adjustable edging tool head cuts deeply into the soil to create or renew bed lines, or it skims along curb edges for a neat and tidy appearance.

Blade adjustments are accomplished with two controllers. Set the blade angle while the machine is turned off by means of a spring lever located at the side of the machine. A second spring lever conveniently located at the handlebars is used to raise and lower the head as necessary while the engine is running. The engine uses a pull start with a throttle control lever on the handlebars.

At just slightly more than half the price of the McLane walk-behind edger, this tool offers a good value, in our opinion. The 79-cc engine on the Earthquake model delivers less torque, but that difference is mostly felt when breaking new ground where roots and rocks sometimes bog it down. For maintaining a varied landscape and occasional new bed preparation, this could be an excellent choice.

  • Adjustable blade height and angle prevents any strain on the user
  • Great for landscape beds or pavement edges
  • Uses plain gasoline; no mixing required
  • Less blade torque than the McLane edger
  • Arrives unassembled; may be tricky for some users to put together
  • Lever style throttle does not lock in place for extended use

Get the Earthquake lawn edger on Amazon.

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Lawn Edger

Don’t make a hasty decision about the best edger to landscape the garden and yard. There are several important considerations to keep in mind that can help you find the right lawn edger, including the power of the device, the blade type, the cutting width and depth, and included safety features to keep the user protected while working.

Types of Lawn Edgers

There are many options to choose from when deciding on the best lawn edgers to keep the yard well maintained and weed-free. Edgers typically fall into three categories based on power source, including manual, electric, and gas lawn edgers.


Instead of relying on an electric or gas-powered motor to get the job done, these manual lawn edgers are completely powered by the user.

  • Rotary edgers have a long wooden shaft that attaches to a cutting wheel. The tool looks like a pole with a spiked wheel on the end. They work by applying pressure to the cutting wheel and rolling it along the edge of the lawn to cut through the overextended turf.
  • Spade edgers resemble a shallow spade with a sharpened edge. To use, line up the bottom of the spade edger with the overextended turf and step down on the flat surface at the top of the blade to increase the force to cut through the sod, if necessary.
  • Shear edgers are handheld tools that are rarely used. These tools are intended for cleaning up small pieces of sod or making cuts in narrow corners where other edging tools cannot reach. However, they aren’t suitable for edging the entire yard.


If manually edging the lawn seems like a daunting task or if the goal is to not limit the war on weeds by physical endurance, then the best lawn edger may be motorized. There are two main kinds of motorized lawn edgers: ones with an electric motor and those powered by a gas engine.

  • Electric lawn edgers are usually more budget-friendly and the more suitable tool for small yards. They’re either battery powered or plug into an electrical outlet via a lengthy cord. Though they only provide 18 or so volts of power, battery-operated models allow the user to trim anywhere in the yard. Corded varieties offer more power (usually 10 to 12 amps), though slightly less mobility unless paired with an extension cord.
  • Gas-powered lawn edgers, available with a 2- or 4-cycle engine, boast considerable power and are better suited for larger yards. While 2-cycle engines are more common, they require having to replenish fuel and oil. They are far less environmentally conscious than 4-cycle engines, which run clean but cost and weigh more.


When trying to decide on the best lawn edger for the yard, it’s important to understand the power potential of these tools. Both gas and electric options offer comparable power output, but manual lawn edgers depend on the power exerted by the user.

  • Gas lawn edgers measure the power output in horsepower (HP) and the engine size in cubic centimeters (cc). Typically, the higher the HP and cc, the more powerful the engine, creating significant differences in efficiency and cost, depending on the product.
  • Electric and battery-powered lawn edgers rely on electric engines that are powered by a direct connection to the home electrical system or with an attached battery. These devices measure power output in amps and voltage. As with the HP and the cc of gas engines, higher voltage and amp ratings indicate a more powerful electrical engine.
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Blade Type

A straight, no-frills blade can handle simple yards just fine, but an edger that offers multiple positions and angle settings may be a worthwhile investment if a property has a lot of flower beds and specialty features. The following are the three main types of edger blades:

  • Flat rectangular blades with plain edges are the most common among lawn edgers and are suitable for basic edging jobs where the lawn is flush and level with the nearest hard surface (like a driveway or a sidewalk).
  • Flat rectangular bladeswith scoop-cut edges carefully handle the perimeter of more delicate landscaping features like flower beds, which might otherwise be disturbed by the debris while rough cutting. These blades are also ideal to employ when the lawn and hard surfaces are uneven.
  • Star-shaped blades are useful for cutting yards with firm boundaries, like lawns that end at a wall or a sturdy fence.

If there are only a few needs to address, it is possible to get by with purchasing the desired replacement blade(s) for the edger and swapping them in as necessary. While this may be easy to do, this transition does add some time to yard work.

Cutting Width and Depth

The cutting width of a lawn edger can refer to the cutting width of a combined trimmer and edger tool, but it may also simply indicate the physical width of the edger. This can impact the ability of the edger to access tight corners or any areas restricted by fences, decks, patios, foliage, or even the home.

However, a more important consideration is the depth of the edger, which refers to the maximum depth the edger blade can penetrate into the ground. Typically, corded-electric, gas-powered, and battery-powered lawn edgers have a blade depth of about 2 to 6 inches. This allows the blade to plunge into the turf to cut and remove deep root systems. Manual lawn edgers often have a limit of about 2 to 4 inches to the cutting depth, though this is still deep enough to cut through most root growth.

Wheel Configuration

While a lightweight manual edging tool moves on nothing more than the user’s guidance, the weight of an engine typically requires three or four wheels to cover a property without causing strain to the operator. The rear wheels are responsible for moving the entire unit along, while a guide wheel keeps the blade aligned with the task at hand.

Some gas-powered lawn edgers offer the addition of a fourth wheel (a “curb wheel”) to help stabilize the edger when using it at a slight drop-off, such as the line where the lawn meets the street. If opting for an electric lawn edger or if there isn’t a need to maneuver around many curbs, three wheels are likely sufficient.

Ease of Use

Using a lawn edger can be tiring, especially for those who are toiling away with a manual edger, but there are several factors that can help make the work easier. These include the size of the shaft, the weight of the edger, and the runtime of both battery-powered and gas-powered edgers.

  • The shaft of a lawn edger can vary in length and size depending on the specific tool. Some edgers have two handles to help maneuver heavy engines, while others have a single shaft to control the movement of lightweight edgers. Look for an edger that suits the user’s height and strength to prevent overexertion while edging.
  • The weight of a lawn edger can wear on the user, especially when working in a very large yard or dealing with many precision cuts in tight spaces. The additional time spent edging can cause lasting aches and pains, but switching to a lighter lawn edger can reduce muscle strain and fatigue.
  • The runtime of both gas- and battery-powered lawn edgers can limit the amount of work that can be completed. Gas edgers need to be refilled with gas, and batteries need to be recharged. Keep these limitations in mind, especially when working on very large yards. Consider purchasing a spare battery so that one can always be on the charger.


Safety needs to be a priority at all times, but especially for those who are operating a tool designed to cut through solid earth and tough root systems; otherwise, serious injuries can occur. Look for products with built-in features to help keep the user safer while they work, such as debris guards, trigger locks, and padded grips.

  • Debris guards are typically positioned at the back of the edger to prevent grass, dirt, and rocks from being kicked back into the feet and legs of the user. However, even with a guard, some debris can escape, so users should always wear safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes while working.
  • Trigger locks prevent the edger from being turned on accidentally. A trigger lock is a simple feature that locks the trigger unless the trigger lock switch is being held. With the switch held down, the edger can be used normally.
  • Padded grips on the shaft and handle of the edger help to reduce vibrations. Strong and continuous vibrations can cause muscle fatigue and strain, but this padding keeps the user’s hands protected and makes it easier to grip and control the edger.

Additional Features

Many manufacturers offer product features beyond the basic design to help improve the functionality of the lawn edger and to make the tool more appealing to users. These additional features can include two-in-one trimming and edging tools, adjustable auxiliary handles, and accessories.

  • A two-in-one trimming and edging tool gives the user the option to choose between trimming the grass or edging the lawn. These combined edging and trimming tools are useful for small to medium yards, but it may be better to invest in a separate edging tool for homes with larger yards.
  • Adjustable auxiliary handles provide an additional place for the user to grip the edger for better balance and control. The auxiliary handle can also be slid up or down the shaft to a position that is better suited for the height of the user. The more suited the position of the handle is to the natural movement of the user’s body, the easier it is to use the tool.
  • Accessories can include a wide range of products that can be packaged together with the edger, including extension cords, extra batteries, and chargers.


After reading the various shopping tips and factors involved in selecting a lawn edger, you may still have a few questions about the best depth for edging or how frequently a lawn should be edged. For answers to these questions and more, continue reading.

Q. What is the best way to edge a lawn?

Choose a suitable lawn edger that meets your preferences and needs for yard work. This can include a battery-powered edger, a gas lawn edger, a corded-electric lawn edger, and a manual lawn edger.

When you have the tool of choice ready for the job, mark out the exact area you want to edge. This step becomes less important with more experienced individuals who can eyeball the exact cut, but for DIYers new to edging, this is an important step to ensure the edging line is even along the entire border of the yard or garden. Consider marking the area with stakes and string, especially when working with rounded corners and curving garden beds.

Mow the lawn first to help create a clean edge at a consistent depth, and proceed to cut thin strips of sod from the edge of the lawn, ensuring that the edger tool remains within the boundaries laid out. If the lawn edger has a variable speed trigger, it can be easier to get precise lines while edging. When the job is done, clean up the driveway, path, or sidewalk with a leaf blower or a broom.

Q. How deep should I edge my lawn?

Typically about 2 to 4 inches deep is sufficient for controlling the growth and spread of grass roots, keeping the grass from growing into the gaps in the patio or walkway.

Q. Do you edge every time you mow?

It depends on the grass. Some grass grows and spreads very quickly, so you need to at least check the edge lines every time you mow. While most yards won’t require edging every time the grass is mowed, it’s likely to need edging every two or three times it’s been cut with a mower.

Q. Should I edge before or after I mow?

Whether you edge or mow first is almost entirely a matter of preference. If you choose to edge first, the mower will help clean up excess grass clippings, but if you mow first then it’s easier to create a straight edge at a consistent depth.

Q. What is the easiest edger to use?

Ease of use varies among people and products, but one of the easiest edgers to use is the Bully Tools 92251 Round Lawn Edger. Just line up the manual spade edger and push down with your foot to cut into the turf. Continue this process along the entire edge to complete the job.

Q. What is the best gas-powered edger?

A gas-powered edger is a heavy-duty tool equipped with a powerful motor and durable shaft to help cut through thick turf. The McLane 101-5.5GT-7Gas Powered Lawn Edger is among the best gas-powered options available.

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